PASADENA DANCE THEATRE
Pasadena Dance Theatre is an integral part of the local arts community where students and dance professionals explore, nurture, create and discover the blending of music and movement through both classical ballet and contemporary dance, culminating in innovative concerts and performances. Our approach is based upon the careful and systematic development of proper alignment, placement and strength to provide a base upon which to build more complicated and challenging movement skills.
MISSION AND VISION
PDT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, foster and advance the art of dance through educational programs. Students in all programs enjoy the instruction of a renowned professional faculty invested in developing and guiding students throughout their training.
Pasadena Dance Theatre opened its current facility in central Pasadena in 1997, under the artistic leadership of Cynthia Young and Laurence Blake. The facility houses Pasadena Dance Theatre’s Conservatory training program and provides rehearsal space for its professional company. Students trained in its conservatory continue to dance, choreograph and teach professionally around the world.
PDT’s own professional company thrills audiences with its annual production of The Nutcracker, as well as full-scale productions of classical ballets such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Graduation Ball, and La Fille Mal Gardee, and new works like Cynthia Young’s Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Along with its classical repertoire, PDT presents exciting contemporary choreography from established and emerging choreographers.
In its Conversation With the Choreographer series, works by Laurence Blake, Colin Connor, Bill Evans, Jessamyn Lawrence, Douglas Nielsen, Antonio Lopez and John Todd have challenged audiences with bold new concepts and innovative aesthetics of movement. This contemporary dance series focuses on collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, videographers and a range of other artists.